Americana at Brand expansion put on hold – for now
Owners of a hotel in Glendale and Americana at Brand put their competing redevelopment proposals on hold as they continue their negotiations.
The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, was scheduled Tuesday morning to consider a plan by Rick Caruso to expand his mall.
But dozens of supporters of Ray Patel, owner of Golden Key Hotel, demonstrated at City Hall, chanting "Let Ray Stay."
Caruso wants to demolish the hotel and expand the 15.5-acre shopping center, adding 135,000 square feet of retail space on what is now Patel's hotel and an adjacent building that Caruso acquired in January.
Patel has won the support of property rights advocates in recent weeks, who have accused City Hall of playing favorites.
"Does the city stand with the city of Glendale, or does it stand with the wealthy or politically connected?" Mark Mlikotin, president of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights, said at the morning rally before the meeting.
-- Jason Wells and Bill Kisliuk, Glendale News-Press